Web3 is giving better appreciation to digital works, reports many artists in the space
Following the conclusion of the fourth annual NFT.NYC gathering, attendees took the opportunity to reflect on a week’s worth of creative inspiration, community networking, and technical innovation from the non fungible token (NFT) sector.
On June 19, a sequel to last year’s successful debut, The Digital Diaspora event focused on amplifying the voices and creative talents of artists of colour in the NFP sector.
The Father’s Day event was a collaboration between DrifterShoots, a well-known skyscraper photographer, and young rising-star artist Diana Sinclair, in conjunction with MetaMask and Samsung, held at the Samsung 837 hub in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Juneteenth.
NYC.NFT – What is it?
NFT.NYC is an annual gathering of the NFT community, organised by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and MetaMask founder Anthony Di Iorio.
The event is designed to showcase the latest creative and technical innovations in the NFT space.
This year’s event featured a wide range of speakers, including artists, developers, and entrepreneurs.
Some of the highlights included a talk by Grammy-winning producer iLLA da Producer on using NFTs to monetize music, a panel on the future of NFTs with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and MetaMask founder Anthony Di Iorio, and a keynote by MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen on the potential of DAOs in the NFT space.
“Art bridged to Web3 through NFT.” – What artists have to say about the event
The two artists, both of whom have a strong social media following, used their creative platform to bring attention to the struggles and accomplishments of black people in America, as well as the role that NFTs can play in preserving and celebrating African-American culture.
“It was really powerful to see how our work could be used to educate and inspire people about our history and our present,” said Sinclair.
“I’m excited to see how we can use NFTs to continue this work in the future.”
The event was organised by Methuselah Foundation founder and CEO Aubrey de Grey, who has been a vocal advocate for using NFTs to support causes and charities.
“NFTs have the potential to revolutionise how we support causes and charities,” said de Grey.
“I’m excited to see the progress that NFT.NYC is making in this area.”
Mr. O’Shea discussed Black representation in the NFT world with conviction, sharing his notion that progress takes the form of an endless symbol, in which one circle — depicting a creative career or contribution — comes to an end, but another begins for the next generation.
“Becoming an artist in the Web3 space, I see how validated we are as digital artists now [because it] gives us this platform. But also, speaking to the new opportunities that it gives us is much like what Diane is doing now — creating more spaces for us, creating bigger spaces for us, actually laying down that path.”
With all of the innovation happening in the Web3 space, it’s no surprise that the work of digital artists is finally being validated. NFTs provide a way for artists to sell their work in a way that is secure and immutable, and they also offer collectors a way to easily purchase and trade art.
The NFT.NYC event was a great way to learn more about this new and exciting space, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for digital art.